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This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world—and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators? Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies, but against those who needed him most, and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? What is the world’s motor—and the motive power of every man? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the characters in this story.Tremendous in its scope, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life—from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy—to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction—to the philosopher who becomes a pirate—to the composer who gives up his career on the night of his triumph—to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad—to the lowest track worker in her Terminal tunnels.You must be prepared, when you read this novel, to check every premise at the root of your convictions. This is a mystery story, not about the murder—and rebirth—of man’s spirit. It is a philosophical revolution, told in the form of an action thriller of violent events, a ruthlessly brilliant plot structure and an irresistible suspense. Do you say this is impossible? Well, that is the first of your premises to check.
Free markets work!
I read this book in the 1970's as a young, cocky, deep sea diver by fueling faith that success lies is in the hands of the individual ... at that time "me". Literally, sink or swim in my oilfield diving world. I just read it again.
This book had a huge impact on my life. Although I am a real Christian, which conflicts with Ayn Rands spiritual beliefs, her premise is real .... Faith doesn't make her beliefs and mine mutually exclusive. One can have both faith and objectivity.
The current state of the country indicates that her premises are, more than ever, prophetic of the world's decline into an entitlement society. God help us .... and God Bless the USA.
Astounding book, horrendous price!
This book was recommended to me by a State Supreme Court Justice, and upon reading it, I have to say that it is one of the greatest books I have ever read. I highly recommend this book to you, but not at this price. Get the Kindle app, and buy it from there for ten bucks. You won't regret doing so.
Ah, the glories of capitalism. The market will define the price - and value - of this superb work, and of the iPad platform for viewing it. We need not bellyache about it.
It could have been written today in response to current, irrational public policy. I'm certain demand has never been higher for this economic voice of reason than it is right now, and especially in this iPad platform, the "Rearden metal" of the computer industry.